What are factors?

Factors of a number are the numbers which give the same number when they are multiplied.

For example what would be the factors of 12?

Now think which numbers are going to give a product of 12? Let me think

1×12=12

2×6=12

3×4=12

So the factors of 12 are 1,2,3,4,6,12

Isn’t it easy or are we forgetting something. Yes we are!

What is the number if we multiply two negative numbers?

Is it negative or positive?

If we multiply two negative numbers the product will always be positive.

So we can also say

-1x-12=12

-2x-6 = 12

-3 x-4= 12

So now I think that we have a much better answers

The factors of 12 are -12,-6,-4,-3,-2,-1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12

It does not matter in what order to write them as long as you write all of them. You can also watch a video on it. It is available on this website.